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Fundraising begins for new Bloomington Creativity Center

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (WEEK) — A capital campaign is kicking off for a new space to promote creativity and tolerance in the Twin Cities.

The Friends for the Bloomington Center for Performing Arts kicked off a campaign to raise $5 million for the Bloomington Creativity Center on Monday.

The Center would offer art education for at-risk youths, the elderly, and those with disabilities.

“The Creativity Center is a project that has been on our radar for over 10 years. I am so pleased that we are now organized and have begun the process of bringing the renovations to fruition to fill this need in Bloomington. When we teach people to create, they are less likely to destroy! Quality of life in the Bloomington Normal community will benefit greatly from this facility!” said Vicki Tilton, president of the Friends board of directors in a press release.

“The Creativity Center will be a valuable component in Bloomington’s downtown revitalization strategy by establishing a hub for innovation and imagination through arts education,” said James Mack, manager of the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts. “Furthermore, the Center will support the diverse cultural lives of City residents to include the promotion of neighborhood cultural activities. The overall benefit to the community is the improvement of our quality of life by providing the finest public arts education center in Central Illinois.”

The project would use a 32,000 square foot former medical building across the street from the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Bloomington. The creativity center would also feature a black-box theater, classrooms, a dance studio, music and recording studios, gallery space for local artists, and office space.


Tim Shelley

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